ABOUT MATTHEW

I'm originally from Manchester. I trained in journalism in London and over several decades worked for a variety of national newspapers and magazines as a writer and subeditor, including The Guardian (News, Business, Features, Arts); The Observer (News, Business); The Times (as a classical music critic, and in Arts, Features, News, Opinion, Obituaries); The Sunday Times (News, Business); The Times Online (night editor); The London Evening Standard (Londoner's Diary); and Classic FM Magazine (as deputy editor). I've also freelanced for Time Warner Books, the UN University, the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, and BBC School Radio. I now live near Windermere in the Lake District with my wife, two teenage children and over-friendly labrador, and work with a range of clients, from creative writers, to PR & digital marketing agencies, to NGOs and CEOs. As for my creative projects, subsequent to publishing my first novel, Dances with the Daffodils (see below), two novels will be out in 2022, as will more poetry set to music set to video. If you have a creative project you'd like to discuss, please contact me below. For music composition I work in Logic Pro X and for video Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro. For creative writing I use Word, Scrivener and Final Draft 12. For typesetting/publishing I use Adobe InDesign and Affinity Photo/Designer/Publisher.

THE NOVELS

Praise for Dances with the Daffodils


“Classy romantic stuff ... and genuinely poetic.” 


“I feel as if I've discovered a long-lost Thomas Hardy manuscript.” 


“Beautiful, evocative, captivating.”


“Set to become a classic, hold on to your copy!” 


The book is charming, witty and sensitive.” 


“It has a real touch of Dickens and Balzac. Wonderful!” 


"Moved me in ways I've never been moved by literature before."


"A real delight!" 

My second novel, Swarthmoor, is inspired by Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights. The novel is set in the present day, and is intended as a modern recreation of Wuthering Heights, closely following the storyline, themes and character types of the original but relocating the setting from Yorkshire to the Lakes. Sacrilege, I know! Swarthmoor will be published in 2022. 

NEWSPAPERS & MAGAZINES

(a selection of material published)

The Times

(former classical music critic)

Northern Soul (Manchester-based web magazine)

The Guardian

(feature writer/subeditor)

POEMS TO MUSIC TO VIDEO

GORGEOUS

A musical dark horse! What a beautiful, calm and atmospheric piece. Gorgeous!

JULIE FOWLIS

- award-winning folk singer

juliefowlis.com

STUNNING

This work is just stunning and the sentiment incredible.

JOHN LIPSCOMBE

- radio presenter and artist

johnlipscombe.com

MAGICAL

I feel incredibly calm and relaxed listening to this – and afterwards. Magical.

LUCY JONES

- nature writer and journalist

lucyfjones.com

PROMOTIONAL VIDEOS